4 thoughts on “HDRC Gives Final Approval for Hotel at Solo Serve Site

  1. I realize I’m late to this conversation, but last time I checked we were nowhere near full occupancy on existing hotels, yet there is a need for another one? On the River?
    Does anyone remember how the Grand Hyatt was supposed to be this luxury mecca but had to lower their room prices because they couldn’t get the occupancy numbers? Are we in a hotel occupancy crisis that can only be cured by yet another hotel (that looks exactly like all the other hotels. See the Embassy Suites almost next door)? Our downtown will soon be filled with a bunch of beige, characterless rectangles all for the enjoyment of someone else from somewhere else. Great. Yippee. Can’t wait. I know, I know…economic boost from tourism dollars, right?
    What happened to the push to make downtown more attractive to locals so they would restore (lost) vibrancy to our city center?

    Don’t get me wrong. That space/whole block is in serious need of rehab and I’m glad something is happening but there are multiple hotels with in a 2-block area. What happened to trying to get more actual city residents living downtown? Prime opportunity missed…

    • Couldn’t agree more. If you’re going to create yet another hotel at least make it exciting to look at. SA needs to step its game up.

  2. One loss with the approved redevelopment is the removal of generous and continuous awning over the eastern sidewalk of Soledad Street between Commerce and Houston.

    It’s not hard to Google to see exactly how sidewalk awnings have long been part of the historic fabric of this particular downtown streetscape and public right-of-way.

    HDRC review of this downtown project (and noting lost sidewalk awnings throughout downtown) would be comic if it did not so adversely impact our public realm. Anyone who has ever walked downtown can speak to the benefit of generous sidewalk awnings. My sense is HDRC members rarely if ever get out on foot to explore the historic streetscapes that they are meant to be the latest guardians of.

    See: https://www.google.com/search?q=soledad+st+san+antonio+history&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiPko7j8N7VAhUr74MKHWNqBAQQ_AUICigB&biw=939&bih=653#imgrc=_3BBJC7E8pZjBM:

  3. Thanks for your article on the former site of the historic Veramendi Palace torn down by the City of San Antonio in 1909. “The queer, quaint old building” was demolished when Soledad Street was widened in late 1909, says the San Antonio Light and Gazette, Nov. 14, 1909. After the last tenant, a curio store, moved out, the former Veramendi Palace was “torn stone from stone.”

    The former home of Spanish Vice Governor Juan De Veramendi, the home was once occupied by his son-in- law, James Bowie and daughter Ursula de Veramendi. It is unfortunate that the care going towards the preservation of thatretaining wall facing the Riverwalk was not present in 1909 when the City of San Antonio felt that a wider Soledad street was more important than that historic building.

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